It has only been recently that we have had to begin telling our 3 year old about the various private parts that that we all know and love. Little does he know that these private parts can cause old sorts of problems when brought under the extremes of running. Things can get chaffed, shaken, bounced and otherwise giggled into oblivion. Today, I am going to take a few minutes to ponder what I will call jockstrap 101. Here goes….
We all have a duty to protect our privates and become educated on how to ensure that the “boys” (or in Lance’s case, “boy”) get the most supportive ride possible. Over the years I have run with many friends who simply consider the lining of a pair of shorts to be perfectly sufficient to secure the goods. Now I am not going to judge anyone’s manhood and fully realize that God made us in all shapes and sizes. That said, I don’t know what people are thinking or how anyone can find enough support in a simple shorts liner. In recent testing using both something and nothing, even my most supportive lululemon shorts left me feeling a bit scattered after a run last week.
I have been wearing a jockstrap under my cookies for the last decade and wouldn’t have it any other way. The best jocks are minimal yet supportive. My favorite after testing a number of options over the years is the DRYROAD found at Road Runner Sports . It is durable yet seamlessly fits under any running shorts I have in my arsenal.
So if you have been haunted by images of old school jocks from childhood PE classes, let me assure you things have changed. Your manhood deserves some support to ensure longevity and health for many years to come. Some people may feel differently or argue that a jock is an unnecessary evil. That’s fine! Keep tossing the salad and see if I care. Just do us one favor, give it a try and see how much more comfortable your boys will be.
One last warning, don’t think that some cotton tighty whities are gonna do anything but bunch and chafe. You will be in pain and what some may use for work should never find a way to be stuffed under some high end running shorts.
My last thought for today is…. what on earth are the cool kids in gym classes across the country thinking when they wear boxers under some baggy basketball shorts to run the fitness mile. Answer is…there aren’t and just be glad you’ve read this post and now at least have some info to assess your personal situation before the next run!
(Coach Jerry has competed as an elite runner at virtually every distance over the past 20 years. He has PR’s of 2:35 marathon, 29:50 10k, 14:09 5k, 4:13 mile and 1:09 half marathon. He has also completed multiple Triathlon’s and conquered the Ironman. Jerry has coached at the High School level and coached Carnegie Mellon’s track and cross country team.)